The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3) by Julie Kagawa
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 15, 2014
Genres: young adult fantasy, paranormal, vampire fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, young adult romance
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Trilogies almost always disappoint me. Whether it’s a confusing plot twist, an unnecessary character death, or character regression, I always find the finale of a trilogy the most underwhelming.
Unfortunately, this series is no exception.
The first book was great. It wasn’t a literary masterpiece, but it took an interesting premise and build a unique world around that. Add in some intriguing characters, and there was a lot of potential for the series. But this potential wasn’t realized in this book, and it’s a shame.
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE ETERNITY CURE. DO NOT PROCEED UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK OR ARE COMFORTABLE BEING SPOILED.
(SPOILERS) The Characters
This was probably my biggest issue in the book. Allie withered in this book, starting out as a strong character trying to figure out who she is and how to save it, and ending as a whiny mess of a vampire teenage girl. It was really frustrating to see. There were multiple points in this novel where she knowingly abandoned her common sense in favor of her emotions, and that made it very hard for me to tolerate and understand her actions.
We’re in her head all the time, which means things get intense fast, and it would have been nice if there were more light moments to balance things out. Unfortunately, since Zeke was turned into a vampire by Sarren at the end of the last book, he’s just as moody and mopey as Allie is. The rest of the characters pretty much take the back seat in favor of these two, which means there’s pretty much no escape from the drama or the angst. Jackal was still funny, but I wish we had more of him; he was the only voice of reason besides Kanin.
(SPOILERS) The Plot
I had a little bit of trouble following the plot this time around. ((SPOILER)) So, Sarren unleashed a virus nobody is immune to so the world could have a clean slate? But, if nobody is immune to it, wouldn’t that mean he would die, too? How would everyone dying help anyone? I know he’s supposed to be insane, but, for the supposed evil mastermind he is, you’d think he’d think this plan through just a little so he can see how nonsensical it is.
Also, there was too much angst for my taste. ((SPOILER)) Allie goes after Zeke knowing he wants to kill her because he’s under Sarren’s control, and possibly sacrifices the success of their mission in doing so? Not a smart decision, in my opinion, especially when THE FATE OF THE ENTIRE WORLD DEPENDS ON THEM GETTING THE ANTIDOTE BEFORE SARREN DOES. I mean, really, Allie? If you’re racing against Sarren already, just head for the antidote, and Zeke will meet you there. Then you can yo-yo back and forth between “he’s dangerous; I should get the heck away from him” and “Zeke! Wait! I know there’s still good in you because I love you!”
(That would have been a way smarter decision, I think. It would have saved us pages upon pages of Zeke capitulating between “I’m a monster and there’s no hope for me; I hate myself and am a broken boy who can’t love Allie anymore” and “MUST KILL ALLIE.”)
And of course they still make it in time! Conveniences like that took away from the overall quality of the book.
One last thing: I didn’t understand the ending. ((SPOILER)) So, Allie becomes a master vampire because of how “good” she is? Wouldn’t it make more sense for a master vampire to be created based on who’s “next in line,” sire-wise? I felt it was just another convenience so that she had the antidote all of the sudden. While the idea of the antidote being found in a master vampire’s blood was a really cool twist with some good foreshadowing, Allie’s “promotion” to that rank, of sorts, cheapened the novelty of the twist. It kind of felt like a cop-out.
If you’re looking for one that’s not sappy, don’t read this book. The angst and drama levels are cranked up to a full 10, and it bleeds into the rest of the book, which really dampened my enjoyment of it. Sorry, but reading about Zeke moping and pushing Allie away and then Allie feeling guilt over what happened to him was not enjoyable for me. Not when it was a constant cycle, at least. Which is a shame, really, because the two of them made a great couple in The Immortal Rules.
Overall: still action-packed, still gritty and gory, but the angst, the decline of the quality of these characters, and several major illogical decisions these characters made make this book my least favorite of the series. 😦